In what seems to be a big setback for the Indian Cricket Team, the senior batter KL Rahul has been ruled out of the upcoming third Test of the five-match series against England. Notably, while announcing the squad for the final 3 Tests against England, the Indian Cricket Board had also stated in the media release, “the participation of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul is subject to fitness clearance from the BCCI medical team.”
The media reports understand that the veteran Karnataka batter wasn’t completely fit; however, Ravindra Jadeja cleared off the fitness Test for an all-important third Test match of the series against England as the series is currently levelled at the score line of 1-1.
KL Rahul is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for the recovery, with a hope of getting fully recovered for the penultimate Test of the five-match series against England. It will be the second consecutive Test match of this series, which KL Rahul will be missing due to injury concerns.
Indian Cricket Board announce replacement for KL Rahul
Meanwhile, the management has also announced the replacement for KL Rahul and he is none other than the Karnataka youngster Devdutt Padikkal; the latter recently produced a brilliant batting performance, scoring 151 runs in the most recent Ranji Trophy 2024 match against Tamil Nadu, with the Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar being present there to watch the Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu match.
Padikkal also spoke about his comeback to cricket after recovering from the health problems which he went through in the recent couple of months.
“I don’t mind batting at No.3 and I don’t mind opening either. So that doesn’t really make a huge difference. As you play more and more cricket and as you gain experience, at this level you will naturally be able to play more shots because you will be more confident about your areas,” said Padikkal after his brilliant knock against Tamil Nadu.
Here’s how fans reacted to KL Rahul getting ruled out from the third Test:
Ab kon reh gya 😂— Zippy Raj 𝕏 (@thezippyfit) February 12, 2024
Sarfraz Debut loading finally 🔥— Praneeth (@fantasy_d11) February 12, 2024
Thank you KL Rahul
Bhai kya hai yrr phir s out— Ayush Singh (@imabhinashS) February 12, 2024
What's going on in Team and management. First Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out for series and now he is playing. KL Rahul was all set to play and now he is ruled out— Satya Prakash (@Satya_Prakash08) February 12, 2024
Bhai Virat k bina na team adhuri hai— Ayush Singh (@imabhinashS) February 12, 2024
Worst news of the day 💔— Kunal Yadav (@Kunal_KLR) February 12, 2024
Sarfaraz khan right now pic.twitter.com/2KRsJuf8DG— Secular Chad (@SachabhartiyaRW) February 12, 2024
Yahi ipl me hota toh wheel chair pe baith ke bhi khel lete— The Cricket Analyst (@Wing1653725) February 12, 2024
Sab ipl ke liye fitness gain kr rahe hai
Chlo bhai sarfraz Khan ka to bdya hogya— GARRY (@singhhh47) February 12, 2024
A door opened for Sarfraz khan. Please give him a chance for his incredible performances in domestic cricket 🏏.— Faisal Jahangeer (@FaisalJahange15) February 12, 2024
welcome in white padikkal— Messi Fan (@George_leo453) February 12, 2024